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a passing fancy

Something that captures one's interest or enthusiasm for only a brief period of time. Jim was really into learning about horticulture for a while, but it turned out to be only a passing fancy. I played a few sports during college, but they were all just passing fancies.
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It wasn't until she started captivating crowds at various markets in the Gulf region with her creations that she realised there was something more to it than a passing fancy.
Around five or so years ago the Bushcraft movement appeared on the cutlery radar and industry insiders mused whether it was a passing fancy or would catch fire.
CANCER June 22- July 22 You can spend a handsome amount on a passing fancy, which you may later regret.
For weekly stars call 09050 700 404 Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22 A light flirtation when and where you least expect it will make your day, but that isn't all - some investigation may show that a newcomer is more than a passing fancy.
This of course was just a passing fancy because a few months after Harry admitted to having a crush on model turned actress, Nina Dobrev.
They [the Ethiopians] know that we don't go to Ethiopia with a passing fancy and calculations of temporary profits.
Self-serve frozen yogurt isn't a passing fancy, it's a booming movement in food sales.
2013 brings more than just a passing fancy or a fancy pass.
I read and reported about attempts at biodegradability, such as starch-based materials, and looked at sustainability as just another passing fancy, as something that would last only for as long as it would take to get the environmentalists to calm down a bit.
The people of Scotland must decide the future of this country - not a US-based tycoon with a passing fancy in our affairs.
Landmarks like the Puck Building are what make New Yorkers rightfully love their city; that should not be sacrificed for a wealthy developer's passing fancy to add an enormous and unnecessarily visible penthouse addition on top," said Andrew Berman, the group's executive director.
What you thought was a passing fancy could turn out to be more, is that a bad thing?
If you've been enjoying a pleasurable fling, the arrival of Venus today and the Sun tomorrow in Virgo, will soon tell you whether this tie will be a keeper or just a passing fancy.
After all, it's not as if his passion for the blues is just a passing fancy - he's loved the genre since he was a child, and credits it with making him want to play music again, despite having abandoned formal piano lessons at the age of just six.
Your CEO, Louis Chenevert, has led you to build the kind of permanent foundation that is making ethical conduct a fundamental part of UTC's DNA - and not just a passing fancy.